Open Tuesday – Friday : 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday: 9.30 am – 3pm
Contact: Breda: 087 7820211: / Máire: 087 2424934
Is Féidir Linn!.
Proceeds to Enhance Ballon Village & Ballon National School.

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Nollaig Shona do gach éinne.    (Happy Christmas everybody)

Many thanks to all the volunteers and workers who gave their time and expertise in making Siopa the success it is.

Thanks too to the many people who gave the shop their redundant possessions and the people who then bought them thus earning money for village enhancement.

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Today Siopa hosted the Christmas Market where local craftsmen and woman displayed their hand crafted wares. The official opening was by the chairman of Carlow County Council John Murphy who encouraged all to support local businnesses and to follow the example of Siopa Glas to recycle and reduce waste.

An unexpected event was to have the church choir singing a selection of Christmas music. With four part harmony the choir sounded three times their acual number and within the small space the acoustics helped to bolster this. Don’t forget their Concert on Sunday 18th December at 7.30 in Ballon Church.

The pictures cover the opening and the tables of marketeers who have set up their displays to great effect.

Full marks to Siopa Glas who have initiated another first and particularly Máire, Breda and Catherine.

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Eileen Murphy, Maire George, Breda Wray, Shauna Dowling, John Murphy, John Whelan


Two local singers who attended the Rambling night at Siopa Glas

Margaret Murphy and Margarite Kirwan from Carrigslaney. 

The night of Song,dance,storytelling,music was a  brilliant success. 


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The School and Siopa Glas had their annual carol parade to celebrate the offficial switching on of the Christmas Lights. Meeting at the church they paraded to the Millennium Clock and entertained us with a selection of carols. Then they went to Siopa Glas for hot chocolate and bikkies. Bernie Mullins oversaw the event from her temporary wheelchair and Rose Whelan led the well rehearsed choir. Maire George with Breda and Marian and other helpers organised Siopa and the refreshments.



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Local garda Mick Egan called to Siopa to give some Christmas security advice.


Rathoe Group are entertained to tea and goodies at Siopa today. Out came the best bone china and cake stands. With scones, cake and  apple tarts. You wouldn’t get it at home. You might at the Shelbourne but it would cost €49 per person.

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Pictured at Siopa Glas at the launch of Ballon Christmas Fair 2016 is Tadhg Abbey. Tadhg Took the opportunity to chat with the Christmas teddy bears. Come and meet the Teddies at a picnic at Siopa Glas at the Christmas /FAIR at Main St  Ballon from 11am  on Sunday 11th December


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Martina Donald, Valerie Carty, Maire Pender, Lorna Buggy, Marie Tobin, Avril O’Sullivan, Michelle Murray

at the Childcare fundraiser in Siopa Glas 5/11/16


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Autumn harvest very fruity

At Granite Seat bed between school and Centra
  Huge cooking apples. Available at the Siopa Glas.


Anne Dormer collects her prize and seen here with Breda Wray, Maire George and Marion Doyle. Pink cardigan and pink bike!

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5/10/16 and the winner is:—

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Lorraine Farrell and Maire George drew a winner for the bike prize

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Siopa Glas is taking an active part in October Renewal and Re imagine Month with Carlow County Council. Poster to follow.


Fundraiser for Downs Syndrome Carlow at Siopa Glas today.


Roseanne Byrne, Emily Kyle, Geraldine Kyle, June Byrne, Maire Doyle, Fergus Cole, Rebecka Cole


LORRAINE Farrell from Ballon with a pair of mens dancing shoes just donated to Siopa Glas.Lorraine recently joined the team at Siopa Glas as a TUS worker.
The very comfortable swivel office chair is a new arrival at the Siopa..


Our range of items at the community recycling shop continues to increase and our supporters continues to amaze.  HUGE THANKS TO ALL.

29/7/16 Ladies Bike Raffle

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Fundraising event for Church Flowers.

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Kathleen Condron, Sinéad Abbey, Cian Abbey, Breda Wray, Kathleen Abbey, Kathleen Percy, Anne Quirke, Tadgh Abbey.


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Marion Doyle has worked tirelessly since 2012 for the community projects that is Siopa Glas.  MARION said “I enjoyed my time working in Siopa Glas and being a community volunteer was a great experience”.

  Marion is going to do a bit of traveling and all at Siopa Glas wish her the very best for the future.

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PRODUCE FROM school Garden presented to Siopa Glas today.  SHOPPERS tomorrow can pick up some lovely herbs and vegetables. There will be a free garden herb plant for purchases of six euro or more tomorrow Tuesday and also on Wednesday.


At the recent “Ballon’s Got Talent” Event Siopa dressed up plenty of children to parade their stock during the interval.

Here’s three

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See them all here



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Loads of items coming in daily to our Community Shop.
Come on in have a browse and enjoy some retail therapy.

Do not forget us during this week which happens to be World Recycling Week.



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New feature for Ballon Hill


Charity Tea Day! Saturday 9th April in
Siopa Glas Time: 9am – 2pm:
Tea, Chat, delicious home baked goods &
Lots of great raffle prizes.
Proceeds in aid of Irish Wheelchair Assoc.
(Carlow) & Family Carers Ireland (Carlow)

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Aisling Quirke, Helen Fanning, Alan Joyce with Rurai, Tara Geoghan, Anne Quirke.

Calum and Evie Joyce and the Big Raffle


There was a great attendance  at the 1916 Rambling House Event held at the Siopa Glas in Ballon on Sunday 6th March.
Some people arrived dressed as if it was 1916.   Many of the songs and stories had a 1916 theme.
Many thanks to all who attended and helped out in anyway.

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